Medicine with a Gateway Year

Your journey to becoming an outstanding doctor starts here

Welcome to Hull York Medical School: the joint medical school of the Universities of Hull and York, and home to one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative undergraduate medicine programmes.

We pride ourselves on producing confident, compassionate and work-ready doctors, whose training has armed them with the scientific knowledge, empathy and resilience they need to thrive in the modern healthcare world.

We’re committed not just to training doctors - but training brilliant doctors. So if you’re full of potential, passionate about delivering exceptional healthcare and truly making a difference to patients’ lives, but don’t yet meet the academic requirements of our five-year Medicine programme, the MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year programme could be for you.



About the programme

The MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year is a six-year programme. The Gateway forms the first academic year, and on successful completion you will automatically progress to our five-year MB BS Medicine course.

The Gateway Year focuses on facilitating your transition from school or college to university, bringing your scientific knowledge up to the required standard, and enhancing your study skills while teaching you about professionalism and the NHS.

You will experience clinical placements in a GP and hospital setting from the very start of the programme, coming into contact with real patients as you begin to develop the excellent communication skills and confident, empathetic approach to delivering care that are the hallmark of our graduates. This hands-on experience will be supported by a combination of small group teaching, self-directed learning, lectures and clinical skills sessions, ensuring you are able to transition smoothly and confidently into life as a medical student.


Who can apply?

This programme is a Widening Participation initiative and prioritises applicants from the Hull York Medical School area, who have a passion for delivering excellent healthcare.

What will you study?

Gateway Year (Year 0)

The Gateway Year is divided into six modules:

Human Biology I and II

These modules will help you transition from your science level in biology, chemistry and mathematics, to the standard required for Year 1 of the MB BS Medicine programme.

The modules will also include taster year 1 lectures and anatomy sessions, where you will experience a sample of what will be studied in the following years.

In addition, Human Biology II will also cover extended A Level content where you will develop a basic understanding of other sciences that underpin medicine, including microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, tissue structure and anatomical terminology.

Teaching and learning

These modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, small group work, practical classes and laboratory classes. Where possible they will be based around patient cases. In addition, you will have some time for self-guided study.


  • Formative assessment for each module: Exam each term
  • Summative assessment: Exam for each module
Clinical Skills

This module provides an introduction to clinical and communication skills. You will develop your communication skills and begin to appreciate and display the appropriate communication in a variety of settings, such as with your peers, teachers, clinical and healthcare staff and patients. This module also introduces basic clinical skills.

This module will use a variety of teaching methods and settings to enhance your ability to communicate, feedback, reflect, manage emotions and to undertake a basic examination.

Teaching and learning

This module is delivered through a combination of clinical skills sessions on campus, at our teaching facilities at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, and on clinical placements.

You will experience clinical placements 4 half days each term in GP surgeries and hospitals in Hull. There will also be time for self-directed learning. Small group facilitated teaching sessions will occur alongside these to help develop core skills needed for work in the clinical setting.


  • Formative clinical and communication competency sign off
  • Summative clinical and communication competency sign off
Health and Society

In this module, you will gain an overview of the health service, the people who work in it and the issues it faces. You will gain an understanding of how inter-professional teams work to deliver holistic care to patients in hospital and in the community. You will also study the importance of the social and psychological context of health and health care for both patients and practitioners. Finally, you will gain an appreciation of the fundamental principles of health economics.

Teaching and learning

This module is delivered through a combination of seminars and problem based learning group sessions, with time for self-directed learning.


  • Summative presentation and essay
Professionalism and Ethics

This module will introduces professional and ethical behaviours in the study and practice of medicine. You will explore and develop a sound understanding of a number of core ethical and professional issues that arise in the practice of medicine. You will also participate in activities that will support and enhance your personal and professional development, including skills in reflective practice.

Teaching and learning

The module is delivered through a combination of workshops, small group seminars, and problem based learning sessions, with time for self-directed learning.


  • Formative reflective writing
  • Summative poster presentation and essay
Medical Scholarship

This module will support you to develop your study skills needed for the course and for transition to year 1 of the MB BS Medicine programme. It will cover topics including learning and revision skills, introduction to referencing and academic integrity, how to work in teams (including the basis of problem based learning), developing your reflective practice skills, understanding basic statistics in research papers, and personal wellbeing during your studies. 

Teaching and learning

This module is delivered through a combination of seminars and group sessions, with time for self-directed learning.


  • Formative essay
  • Summative essay and portfolio


MB BS Medicine (Years 1-5)

Following successful completion of the Gateway Year, you will automatically progress to the MB BS Medicine programme.

As we are a partnership between the University of Hull and the University of York, you can choose to be based at either university as your preferred home campus for your MB BS Medicine studies. Wherever you are based, you will follow exactly the same curriculum and obtain the same level of expertise and skills from academics, clinicians and tutors.

Our partnership allows you to access the very best facilities, support networks, research opportunities and academic expertise that the two universities have to offer. Add to this the unique breadth of clinical experience we offer and you can be sure you will be equipped to deliver brilliant healthcare.

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Supporting you to succeed

We strive to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment. Our tutors and staff take the time to get to know you personally, making sure you are supported on your journey to becoming a doctor, and our dedicated in-school student support team is always available to offer help and advice.

As a Hull York Medical School student, you will have access to our award-winning libraries and powerful virtual learning environment. We also have a dedicated student support team, who are there to help if you have any confidential queries or concerns.

If you’re considering studying Medicine with a disability, our step-by-step guide explains the range of practical and financial support available.

How will you be assessed?

Your progress will be assessed using a combination of methods, including written exams, practical skills assessments, portfolio submission and group presentations.

Following successful completion of the Gateway Year, passing each of the six modules, you will automatically progress to Year 1 of our MB BS Medicine programme.

Formative assessments and feedback

Formative assessment and feedback is intended mainly for your own benefit. Regular feedback will help you see for yourself how you're getting on, where you're doing well, and where you need to increase your efforts. This can be formal or informal, but it never 'counts' towards your final qualification.

Direct feedback is particularly important in clinical practice. Throughout the course, we will observe your interactions with patients and surrogates, then provide you with immediate feedback and correction where necessary.

Summative assessments 

Summative assessments take place for each module . These exams assess your progress to make sure you are achieving at an appropriate level to continue the course, and ultimately to determine your progression to the remaining 5 years of the MBBS. 



Academic entry requirements

A Levels: BBC (B grades must be in Biology and Chemistry). Maximum predicted grades: ABB. A Levels should normally be completed within a three-year period. Resits within this three-year period are accepted.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 14 at HL (to include Biology and Chemistry at Grade 5)

BTEC: Distinction-Distinction-Distinction (DDD) in the BTEC Extended National Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

GCSEs: 5 GCSEs grade A*-C/level 9-4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above. Resits are accepted.

UCAT: Applicants must take the UCAT in the year of application and achieve a Situational Judgement Test band of 1, 2 or 3. There is no low threshold for the UCAT.

Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs): We recognise the value of this qualification although it will not be included as a condition of entry. It may be taken in to consideration when you receive your results. 

Selection procedure

Applicants meeting the necessary criteria are ranked for interview based on their:

  • Total UCAT score
  • UCAT Situational Judgement Test
  • Academic attainment

We do not score your personal statement, however it will be read and may help inform a decision about your application.

If you have successfully completed one of our affiliated Widening Participation programmes, as well as meeting all other necessary criteria, you may be fast-tracked to interview. These programmes are:

  • Next Step York programme
  • University of York Pathways to STEM programme
  • Hull York Medical School Pathways to Medicine programme
  • University of York Realising Opportunities programme

What happens at the interview?

We run a multi-station interview process, which includes one-to-one interviews, a group task, and a test scenario, which will each be assessed by an interview panel. The top scoring candidates will then receive an offer to study at Hull York Medical School.

If you are holding an offer for the MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year, but your subsequent academic performance meets the requirements of our five-year MB BS Medicine programme, you may be able to bypass the Gateway Year and progress straight to Year 1 of the MB BS programme – either that year if space allows, or by deferral if necessary.

For more information please visit our interviews page.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fee will mirror the annual fee of the five-year MB BS Medicine programme. For 2019 entry this is currently £9,250 per year. However, further increases within the government fee cap may apply in subsequent academic years.

Paying tuition fees

If you wish to pay your tuition fees, you will need to make tuition payments to the University of Hull during your Gateway Year. Tuition fees can be paid in full at the beginning of the academic year or in instalments. Visit the University of Hull website for details about how to pay tuition fees.

Loans and bursaries

Tuition fee loan

If you are from England, you can apply to receive a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England during your Gateway Year (year 0) and Years 1-3 of the MB BS Medicine programme. In Years 4 and 5 of the MB BS programme, if you are from England or Wales, your tuition fees will be paid to the university by the NHS.

The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to the University on your behalf. It covers the cost of your tuition fees in full. You start paying this back after you have left university, and are earning over £25,000.

If you’re from WalesNorthern IrelandScotlandGuernseyJersey or Isle of Man you’ll need to apply to your own funding body for your student finance, and their arrangements may differ.

Maintenance Loan

The Maintenance Loan, also from Student Finance England, helps with living costs. The amount you receive will depend on your residual household income.

The amount you get will change during your course:

  • In your Gateway Year (year 0) and Years 1-3 of the MB BS Medicine programme: You will be entitled to the full amount in your Maintenance Loan offer from Student Finance England.
  • In Years 4 and 5 of the MB BS Medicine programme: You may be entitled to a reduced Maintenance loan. You may be eligible to an NHS Bursary to help towards living costs during your fifth year (please see NHS Bursaries information below).

Like the Tuition Fee Loan, you will start paying this back after you have left university and are earning over £25,000. Please see the UK Government website for further information.

Student Finance England have a calculator to help you determine how much Maintenance Loan you are eligible to receive.

NHS Bursaries

If you are from England or Wales, the NHS will cover the costs of your tuition fees in year 4 and 5 of the MB BS Medicine programme. You may also be eligible to apply for an NHS Bursary towards your living costs, depending on your circumstances.

To apply for an NHS Bursary you must be living in UK, the Channel Islands or Isle of Man for at least 3 years before the start of your course. NHS bursaries do not have to be repaid. 

Please see the NHS Student Bursaries and Student Finance - NHS bursaries websites for further information.

Hull York Medical School Bursary

Students starting in 2019, including graduate entrants and intercalating students, registered either at the University of York or the University of Hull with a residual household income of £25,000 or less will receive the Hull York Medical School Bursary of £2,400 per year of study. This is awarded as an accommodation discount, or a cash sum if you are not in university managed accommodation.

Students receiving the bursary who are also eligible for the Realising Opportunities or Next Step York Progression bursaries will receive an additional £1,000, regardless of whether they register with the University of Hull or York.

You don’t need to apply for the bursary. When you complete your student finance application tick the box giving your permission to share your information with the university.

Please note that these bursaries are awarded by your university of registration, and not by Hull York Medical School itself. Students registered at the University of York should contact  Student Financial Support at York for further information, or see the University of York bursaries and scholarships page.

Students registered at the University of Hull should contact the  HE Student Finance Adviser or see the University of Hull money page.

Disabled Students' Allowances
Students with a disability can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) to cover any additional costs incurred because of their disability.
Students with children
Students with children may be eligible for Parents' Learning Allowance and a  Childcare Grant.

How to apply